Bipolar Disorder for Dummies
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A reassuring guide to understanding, treating, and living with this complex condition. Recent revelations by popular television host Jane Pauley and former Chicago Bear football star Alonzo Spellman that they each suffer from bipolar disorder has shed light on what was once a very hidden and misunderstood disease. This important guide delivers the latest information to help sufferers and loved ones learn about and cope with bipolar disorder. Topics include diagnosis and treatment, selecting a mental health specialist, advocating for oneself or a loved one, managing employment-related issues, planning ahead for manic and depressive episodes, the brain chemistry behind the disease, social dysfunction caused by the illness, children affected by the disorder, and much more. Candida Fink, MD (New Rochelle, NY), is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder. Joe Kraynak (Indianapolis, IN) is a professional writer.Bipolar Disorder affects many more people than just the 2.5 million Americans who suffer from the disease. Like depression and other serious illnesses, bipolar disorder also affects spouses, partners, family members, friends and coworkers. And, according to the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation, 15% of children diagnosed with ADHD may actually be suffering from early-onset of Bipolar Disorder.Bipolar Disorder For Dummies reveals some of the causes and consequences of bipolar disorder, let you in on some crisis survival strategies, and describe ways that friends and family members can support loved ones who have the disease. The book includes an overview of the causes and symptoms of bipolar disorder, explains step-by-step how to obtain an accurate diagnosis, discusses the medications available, and tells what you can and can't do to help someone with the disease. You'll learn:The different categories and potential causes of bipolar disorderHow to select the right mental health specialistManaging employment-related issues brought on because of the disorderHow bipolar disorder affects childrenAdvocating for yourself or a loved onePlanning ahead for manic and depressive episodesSelecting the best medications for you_including alternative "natural" treatmentsHow to survive an immediate crisis situationIdentifying triggers and mapping your moodsComplete with fill-in-the-blanks forms and charts, key web site and email addresses, and first-hand accounts from real people, Bipolar Disorder For Dummies gives you the latest information and self-help strategies you and your loved ones need to help everyone affected feel a whole lot better.